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    The XBMC thread - What it is, how it works etc...

    Yeah I can change it, but only to 16:9 Stretch. I don't have the option to full-screen either. DOn't worry about it mate, I'll work it out! Cheers anyway.
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    The XBMC thread - What it is, how it works etc...

    Very nice. I'm getting 4:3 aspect on Sky Movies but the quality and speed is brilliant.
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    little things that annoy the shit out of you

    BOBFOC - Body Off Baywatch Face Off Crimewatch.
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    Good laptop recommendations

    Nothing specific, but I've always found ebuyer.com to be a good source. And you'll get cashback from the usual places too.
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    House fixy-uppy shit

    Coupled of things to report from my build. First up, the kitchen company I used have been a pain in the arse. They outsource their worktops and were given too long of a lead time from their usual supplier so they went elsewhere. Cue 3 weeks of nothingness until I called to cancel the order and I'm now sourcing it myself. I've saved a fair whack in doing so, but it's just delaying things. Kitchen is in, appliances are in, but no worktop just yet. The other thing has been a nightmare. We're having an overlay underfloor heating system, and that went in a few weeks ago. The problem being that I was expecting solid boards which the pipes lay in and the plumber turned up with an insulation board similar to Celotex, with grooves for the pipework. On the face of it that's no problem, but the flooring we're having is a cheaper version of Karndean and is only 2mm thick. So not appropriate on the overlay boards. We had to lay plywood over the area which we glued to the boards but there were loads of spots that lifted and the floor was uneven. Long story short; over 300 90mm screws went into the floor to secure the plywood in place, and as far as we know we didn't hit any pipes. Somehow. Getting there.
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    Salad Cream

    Salad Cream is fucking ace.
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    So what car do you drive?

    Mercedes C220d estate. It's the best car I've ever had.
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    I like the voice texting thing, as I have been a fan of HeyTell for some time anyway, and the quick reply when you get a text notification. Also like how it now brings up recent photos when you try to send one, rather than having to go into the camera roll. They're the new things I use now anyway.
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    The world of a woman.

    Oh, and when we were house hunting a few years back she rejected one really nice place out in the sticks because she thought that foxes would kill our cats. We didn't have any cats. We still don't.
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    The world of a woman.

    My wife once reversed out of our driveway and straight into the side of our other car. The car she was driving had parking sensors and her explanation was that she was pretty sure that there was nothing behind her and that the frenzied beeping was, in fact, an error on the car's part.
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    House fixy-uppy shit

    50%? Good luck with the rest of it mate. I'm just about to spend the last of the budget now. I think we're ok. Schedule is tight, but doable. Here's the timeline: 19th - Carpet upstairs and kitchen appliance deliveries 22nd - screed for extension and self-levelling compound over 25th - kitchen units in and bifolds installed 2nd October - Underfloor heating 5th - Kitchen Worktop 6th to 8th - Flooring downstairs ...all the while the little snagging jobs are being done, and the driveway. It's nuts.
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    80's TV shows

    Kickstart! http://youtu.be/sFlmEznsr2w
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    The Ultimate Beer Thread (No Carling allowed)

    I don't think I've mentioned this. By far my favourite beer (closely followed by Sam Adams)
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    Hit songs that are unrepresentive of the band...

    Band Aid - Do They Know It's Christmas. Nothing like their other stuff.
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    Bose Soundbar?

    I've got the Sonos one and it's really good. Soundbars are just not surround, so don't get your hopes up, but it is a good option for a neater set-up and for smaller lounges. The obvious plusses with the Sonos one is that you can play all of your music library, Spotify, the radio and tunes from your phone, as well as the TV. The obviously minus is the cost of it at about £600!
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    House fixy-uppy shit

    Our place was condemned by a spark who came to put in a few new sockets (no earth int he building and some seriously iffy wiring which I saw first hand). I know the guy, so I know he's not on the take - but that's another expense out of left-field. It's not a clean job either. Well, not in our case because we're moving light fittings around. They're currently behind the door when you open them which is apparently from when the doors used to be hung the other way round in bedrooms so if you walked in on someone in the buff you wouldn't see them immediately. Chuck another £2,000 on? Yeah, why not. Overall though, it's going well and pretty much to schedule and, dare I say it, budget. We're being pretty strict in that if an unexpected cost comes up (like the above) we'll look to make savings elsewhere. Loving the flowery wallpaper mate!!
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    House fixy-uppy shit

    Mine is a nightmare at making decisions. We got this place a year ago, and I wanted to start work immediately. Nope; she wanted to live in it while. A year on and we're finally doing it.
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    House fixy-uppy shit

    ...that's £50 a day I should add. £50 for six weeks would be harsh.
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    House fixy-uppy shit

    I'm paying my nephew £50 to be a labourer during the holidays. It's working out quite well to be honest, apart from the fact that he's desperately unfit and can only manage to lift one breeze-block at a time. They're working him like buggery though, which is hilarious to watch. Spent a day off yesterday gutting 2 rooms. Removing plaster board from the ceiling is a shite job. Dust and other stuff in your eyes, hair, and down your shirt. Found a very old pack of B&H though. No health warning or anything on there. Every cloud and that.
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    House fixy-uppy shit

    Just found out today that the bifold order hadn't gone to the manufacturers yet, so my meticulously planned schedule is fucked-up by a week because of some stupid twat in the office not getting through their to-do list which involved sending a contract. Not a bid deal in the grand scheme of things, but when you're at the latter stages of a monu-fucking-mental building project where you're trying to schedule the plasterers, kitchen fitting, decorating, re-wire, plumbing and the actual building work going on, you don't need it.
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    Instant cunt identifiers

    Or theatre 'thae-atta'.
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    Buying a house advice

    Yeah I'd say you shouldn't pay an up-front fee for mortgage advice, so just go elsewhere. Just make sure you get a whole-of-market advisor. As someone said above, the offer should be valid until you get the house, and if you tell your advisor the situation they should make sure they only look for offers that will last 6 months.
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    House fixy-uppy shit

    I'm sure you're all dying for an update. Here's the outside now, with the 6m RSJ in place: ...and this is the lounge, which will become the kitchen. That chimney is being taken out today, and there's a 5m RSJ going in above it. 3 week countdown to being wether-tight and plaster-boarded.
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    Words or Phrases that get on Your T*ts

    Do you offer advice in other fields, or just specialise in employment?
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    Instant cunt identifiers

    Got a mate who's a classic for that. Always says I should have called him before I bought something; and then when I actually do, surprise-surprise, he can't sort anything out.